Young Ramblers off to Gothia Cup

The Ramblers under-14 youth team will hold the Namibian banner high at the 2017 Gothia World Youth Cup.

17 July 2017 | Sports

This is an annual event and is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden from 16 to 22 July.

At national level, the Ramblers team holds an unbeaten four-year record as in their age group league. The coach and technical manager, Steve McClune, said the players are extremely dedicated, have a great technical ability and fantastic camaraderie and team spirit. The 18 players from different social backgrounds have high hopes of returning with a medal from the competition. McClune also said Namibian football is known as the country's mainstay sport, yet the opportunities for international exposure remain limited. “As such, developing this sport at grassroots level to broaden the current scope of organised youth soccer is not only a critical path to our nation's success, but also a means to promote national reconciliation, tolerance and understanding. “To this end, the Ramblers Football Academy is proud to be a frontrunner and leader in the process of paving the way to semi-professional status for Namibian football. We view this as a fantastic opportunity to showcase Namibia and her spirit to the youth of the world, with the very real possibility for players to be scouted.”

Harald Hecht, president of Ramblers FC, urged the team to represent their country, club and families well. “Enjoy the experience to the fullest and learn from it,” he told the team.

The Gothia World Youth Cup is the world's largest youth football tournament and each year, over 1 600 teams from 80 nations around the world take part in the tournament which offers over 4 500 games.



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